Mild Versions of Psychiatric Disorders

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Mild Versions of Psychiatric Disorders

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1jjwilson61
Maio 6, 2008, 5:45pm

I skimmed a book at a bookstore once quite a few years ago that had the thesis that many of the major psychiatric disorders are actually beneficial in a mild form, which might explain why they persist. It had sections on Depression, OCD, Bi-Polar, among others. It was a pretty thick book as I recall. I'd like to find it again, does anyone know it?

2twomoredays
Maio 7, 2008, 4:56am

I'm not sure this is what your looking for, but does Creating Mental Illness sound familiar?

It seems to have first been published in 2002, though at just over 300 pages it's not exactly thick.

If you look at the connections here and at Amazon you may find some similar books that may include the one you're looking for.

3MarianV
Maio 7, 2008, 10:10am

Shadow Syndromes., the mild form of major mental disorders that sabotage us by John J. Ratey MD & Catherine Johnson PHD

It is in hardcover & paperback. the paperback was published by Bantam in 1998.

If it isn't the book you remember it has very good information on milder forms of depression OCD, & all mental illness.

4Beth_Groh
Jan 9, 2011, 9:30pm

Shadow Syndromes! Awesome read.

5DeusExLibrus
Dez 5, 2011, 10:10am

I've heard a similar version before, that everyone has mild forms of a lot of "mental illnesses" including OCD etc, and that it only becomes an illness when these things impede the person's ability to function. Both books mentioned look really interesting. Thanks for the recommendations. On the wishlist they go!

6Jeffrey_Hatcher
Ago 3, 2016, 1:09pm

Has anybody read books which discuss the meaning of 'mental illness'? It's the topic I discuss in Tacking on the Styx (Authorhouse) which focuses on epilepsy. That would be the most common mental illness of all were it considered to be so. I'm trying to bring psychologists back to the disease and would love to read any discussions referencing both topics.

7neverstopreading
Abr 3, 2018, 10:27am

>6 Jeffrey_Hatcher: I've found when looking up topics to avoid looking for books and look for research articles instead. Some libraries, especially college libraries, give you access to various databases. Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/) has some resources. The other things to do might be to look at the faculty pages of psychology departments. Usually the professors like to post what they've written, and sometimes the full articles are there. Or browse a university bookstore for a used textbook, or better yet, browse the used bookstores around a major college. They often have the books the university libraries wouldn't take back, such as an out-of-adoption text book.